Testimony of Walter Rosenblum
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Id no. 1981.T.20, Testimony, English
Created by:  Walter Rosenblum
Audio testimony of Walter Rosenblum, born in New York City in 1919. He recounts being drafted into the VII Army, Signal Corp, 13rd Photo company; studying motion picture photography in Astoria, Queens, then being shipped to England; landing in France on the morning of D-Day, with assignment of photographing men and equipment landing; photographing French villages and impact of war on civilians; going to Paris after its liberation and, attached to anti-tank battalion, headed towards Germany; being first photographer in Munich before liberation of Dachau. He recalls approaching Dachau and seeing 40 boxcars on side of road full of dead people; filming prisoners in Dachau; seeing American soldiers killing SS guards; ending up in Bertechsgaden, where he photographed; in South of France, photographing mutilated Spanish refugees from the Spanish Civil War. He comments on difficulty of seeing and photographing these scenes as he had enjoyed a violence-free childhood, and the fact that to be able to photograph such things means you cannot get involved.
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